I Found A Neighborhood Hidden Gem: Gaines Park

Summertime is all about how to keep your kids occupied, still keep your sanity and your money.

I really wanted my children to take classes, but their ages range from 2 to 12 and I don’t have the time or the energy to run them to different places with possibly conflicting times. We decided that swim lessons would be a good start. We swam a little last year and I taught Bee to swim underwater, but nothing too complicated. Plus, she was too scared to go any significant distance. We went through our city’s Park and Recreation and found a class for them all.

Gaines Park is the closest park that offers swim lessons. For only $35 for 8 classes, you can’t beat it. I was excited to go as I was once on the swim team a long time ago. Because they are at different skill levels, each child has a different class, ranging from 5:30 to 7:20.

April and kids | Gaines Park Pool | AprilNoelle.com

Swim class is not news.

What’s NEWS:

  • You can swim while your kid is swimming
    • We practice with the other children while the one is in class.
    • At previous places, we had to sit in the hot sun and watch (still an option), but the water feels so much better.
  • There’s a baby pool
    • Butterfly really likes the baby pool instead of actually swimming. She’s pretty good in her class, she deserves a break. 🙂
  • There’s a small splash pad
  • The water is a comfortable temperature, I’m guessing between 75 and 80 degrees.
  • All of the above is FREE during swim class and only $2 (for adults) and $1 (for under 17) during the day.

I used to hate going to swim classes that I had to watch because of sheer boredom and now that we’re there for almost two hours, I was not looking forward to it.

Now, I sit, play, swim and teach.

Even better, the lifeguards see how I’m teaching my kids to swim and I get a little pat from the lifeguards from the good job that I’m doing.


64 thoughts on “I Found A Neighborhood Hidden Gem: Gaines Park”

    1. Living in Florida, if we aren’t invited somewhere with a pool, a beach is close by. They definitely need to learn so they can just get around and enjoy themselves.

  1. Your kids looks so happy! I like the genuine happiness in their face. This is a sure nice place to go with the family!

  2. Courtney Gillard

    I like exploring our neighborhood to see the hidden places for a staycation. This is a nice find!

  3. So glad that you found something like this and how timely too, perfect for the warmer days of the year! It would be nice to take the kids here, not only will they have fun but you will also have the chance to spend more time with each other as a family!

  4. That is an incredible value for swimming lessons. It’s so wonderful that this option is available nearby. I hope they have a great time!

  5. Love it when others are being considerate. Having a baby pool there is just awesome and too thoughtful! And surely with the looks of it, you had fun!

  6. Our local pool has been closed a few years while we wait for a new one to be built. I’m tired of waiting! I want a big pool for the kids to play in. We have a small one in our yard, but it just isn’t the same.

  7. Adorable cute kids! I love how you have utilized the summer for taking your kids to swimming classes. Gaines Park sounds great & the rates are quite reasonable as well.

  8. How wonderful that you can swim with your other kids while one is in a lesson and I love splash pads. Looks like you found a perfect summer activity and it’s affordable! Awesome! 🙂 Plus the lifeguards giving you kudos? Perfect.

  9. This sounds awesome. We have the girls in swim lessons here once a week and sadly wish I could have found something similar to what you described, but our local park that offered usually didn’t have enough lifeguards and their usual summer program was not to be offered, because of this. So, now they are doing Saf-T-Swim, which they love, but was costly and not nearly as much perks as you described above to be honest.

  10. What a fun park! I love that they have a baby pool. My granddaughter is three months and just loves being in the water.

  11. Super cute! What fun I wish we had a pool like this close by us! All the ones here are so far, and always so packed! Drives me nuts… but this looks great!

  12. It is always great when you find a local place to take the kids, it’s funny how we can be in one place for a long time and still have places we didn’t know existed. Looks like a great time!

  13. That looks like a lot of fun. I love to go swimming, and so do my girls. Your kids are very adorable and look like they’re enjoying it too!

  14. Aaawwww what fun with the family and it actually encourages the liluns to learn faster seeing mom in the water. I remember the days of siting by the side watching. The pool always looked so attractive!

  15. Ann Bacciaglia

    This sounds like a fantastic gem. I never liked having to wait at the side of the pool during lessons.

  16. Meagen Brosius

    It’s so great when you can find awesome spots in your hometown! We used to have a great community swimming pool but it’s since closed sadly!

  17. That is such a great idea. I hate sitting and waiting for the kids, especially when the kids aren’t taking classes all at the same time.

  18. christina aliperti

    There is nothing like a day at the pool. And it’s awesome to find a hidden gem that not everyone knows about. I love feeling like we have a family secret lol.

  19. That is an amazing price for swim lessons. I’m thinking of putting my kids in lessons next summer. They know how to swim but I think every little bit helps.

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